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Copenhagen fuses quality of life at the local level with a global outlook.

It is internationally renowned for its innovative approach to the climate and the environment. It has a reputation as the world’s best city for cyclists. It is a living showcase for Danish architecture. But most of all, Copenhagen is a good place to live. None of this came about by chance. It is the result of years of planning and development based on the needs of Copenhageners – everybody who lives in, uses, visits, works with or runs a business in the city. It is based on the life between the buildings.

The City of Copenhagen has a total area of 74.4 km2 and a population of 600,000, rising by 1,000 citizens every month. The population is expected to reach 700,000 by 2025.

About Copenhagen



sq m

constructed every year in Denmark


2.89 million tonnes

of construction and demolition waste generated in Denmark


of Denmark's waste is generated by construction


  • Co-create Copenhagen is the vision for 2025 and has three aims. To create ‘a liveable city’, ‘a city with an edge’ and ‘a responsible city’. In the responsible city, the City of Copenhagen aims at becoming the first carbon neutral capital, climate-proof by establishing new green urban spaces, and resource efficient by wasting no resources and being a leader in the circular economy.

  • The Architecture Policy Copenhagen 2017-2025 is called Architecture for people to illustrate that we strive to put people first in a city with buildings and open spaces. The policy includes ‘responsible design’ that aims at optimising resource use, and design of robust buildings and spaces that provides long-term value. The policy includes transformation and flexible design, using life cycle analysis (LCA) of building materials and exploiting existing building capacity by making rooftop flats.

  • The first Waste Management Plan was adopted in 1992, and the waste area, resource management, is a central part of the city’s work to become the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025. The new Resource and Waste Management Plan is in public consultation and focuses on circular economy and aims at achieving 70% recycling of household waste in 2024. It also includes an aim to establish a storage facility for the municipality’s building materials and initiatives to improve the quality of construction and demolition waste.


This image is the logo of the City of Copenhagen, which includes an outline of three small buildings, with the City of Copenhagen text wrapped around in a three quarters circle.
This image is the logo for the International Federation of Housing and Planning, which is the letters IFHP in thin, black text.
This image is the logo of GXN architects, which is the letters GXN in black text.
This is the logo for fsb, which on the left hand side contains 4 horizontal bars and one lime green box on the second bar. On the right side is fsb in black text.
This is the logo for Maker, which is the word maker in black text. The a is cut off slightly on the top left hand side.
This image is the logo for JJensen architects, which is two j's in dark blue, with the first j having a clear dot outlined with a dark blue border and the second j with a dark blue dot, the end point of it ending in a clear dot outlined in blue. ENSEN follows in capital letters in blue.
This image is the logo for Enemaerke and Petersen a/s. The left hand side is a grey outline of a house and the right hand side is Enemaerke & Petersen a/s in red text.
This image is a logo for Arkitema Architects, which is ARKITEMA ARCHITECTS in black text, aligned right.
This image is a logo of the company Plan1 Cobblestone Architects. On the left side is a blue building and on the left side is plan1 in grey text, with Cobblestone Architects in capital letters underneath the name.
This image is a logo for Vandkunsten Architects, which is the name in black text, aligned left.
This image is the logo for Technical University of Denmark, which is DTU in red on top of three lines that look like two diamonds merged together at the ends.
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